Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at gatehousenewsservice.com.
Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at gatehousenewsservice.com. Please submit stories below no later than 6 p.m. local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly. Questions?
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DEVELOPING / DOMESTIC MURDER IN MILFORD – Man, 63, stabs 60-year-old wife to death.
Milford Daily News, 6 p.m.
NEW TURNPIKE DIRECTOR - Turnpike Authority hires ex revenue commissioner - Alan LeBovidge officially becomes the new executive director of the Turnpike Authority today. Where does he stand on pike tolls and fairness for MetroWest commuters.
MetroWest, Parietti, 14 inches, 6 p.m.
SHOPPING FOR TOYS IS A RISKY GAME - Parents and toy shoppers are making their lists and checking them twice, relying on news and online reports to avoid tainted or hazardous toys.
Enterprise, Starcevic, 18 inches, on wire now
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS LATEST TARGET OF TEENS, YOUNG ADULTS - Teenagers and young adults are swiping prescription pain killers from the medicine cabinets of parents and grandparents, then pooling and swapping the medications in what are called “pharm parties.”
Enterprise, Boyle, 22 inches, on wire now
MILESTONE FOR FRAMINGHAM HEART STUDY - Since 1948, more than 15,000 local people have participated in the heart study, which helped lead medicine to better understand the risk of heart attack, stroke and other diseases.
MetroWest, Hilliard, 28 inches, on wire now
FIRE THREAT INCREASES AS FIREPLACES, WOODSTOVES USED - Seven fires on the South Shore during the weekend, several of them related ot the use of fireplaces or wood stoves, have public safety officials urging people to take caution as they heat their homes.
Ledger, 22 inches, on wire now
HOLIDAY GIFT CARDS CAN BE MONEY-DRAINING TRAPS - “The problem, of course, is that if you have a $100 gift certificate and what you get comes to $90, they won’t give you a $10 check, so people tend to buy an additional item and spend beyond the $100, an expert said. “Human nature being what it is, people just let loose a little bit.”
Ledger, Benson, 15 inches, on wire now
NETWORK FOR PARENTS WITH MULTIPLES EXPANDING EXPONENTIALLY - A growth spurt for Keeping Pace for Multiple Miracles drove the nonprofit into a larger space, where owners say it will grow even more. West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater.
Enterprise, Starcevic, 15 inches, on wire now
FALL RIVER UP TO BAT WITH NEW MANUFACTURING FACILITY - Nokona Athletic Good Company announces the construction of a baseball bat manudacturing plant, along with a destination tourist facility in Fall River.
Herald News, Richmond, 5 inches, on wire now
AGENCY REPRESENTS CHILD, ADULT MODELS AND ACTORS - In addition to "Gone Baby Gone'' and "The Legend of Lucy Keyes,'' the Cameo Agency has found roles for children and teens in such films as "The Love Letter,'' "Osmosis Jones,'' "Perfect Storm,'' "Private Lies,'' "Me, Myself & Irene,'' "State & Main,'' "What's the Worst that Could Happen,'' "Mystic River'' and "Fever Pitch."
MetroWest, Tremblay, 30 inches, on wire now
CHECKOUT LANE: MULTIVITAMINS MEANT TO SUPPLEMENT GENERALLY HEALTHY DIETS - Americans always seem to be on the lookout for the next panacea, and multivitamins -- many of which boast complete daily values of essential vitamins and minerals -- are the perennial favorite.
Ledger, Bauer, 15 inches, on wire now
With photos from Plymouth
MASS. MARKET: BUSINESS-FRIENDLY BILLS STILL ALIVE ON BEACON HILL - The film industry wasn't the only corner of the business world to get treated like a movie star by the Legislature this year.
Ledger, Chesto, 18 inches, on wire now
SMALLER, MORE PERSONALIZED STORES ARE SAID TO BE GAINING SHOPPERS' FAVOR - A multi-year industry study indicates that shoppers are steadily souring on sprawling grocery stores. Smaller, more personalized stores are favored by those who place a premium on customer service and an enjoyable shopping environment.
Ledger, Adams, 30 inches, on wire now
With photos to come
HAIR SALON FRANCHISE WITH SOUTH SHORE LOCATIONS IS KID-FRIENDLY AND FUN - Natick-based franchise Snip-its, which has salons in Canton, Hingham and Plymouth, takes the stress out of children’s haircuts.
Ledger, Bauer, 18 inches, on wire now
EDITORIAL: POLICE AND MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING - The care with which a Framingham cop talked a despondent man off a bridge over Rte. 9 last week is testament to an innovative program that teams police with mental health professionals. The program has now been expanded to Waltham, Watertown, Milford and Taunton.
MetroWest, 6 p.m.
JULIA SPITZ – CHARLIE BROWN’S MESSAGE - ``A Charlie Brown Christmas'' airs again Tuesday night. We watch the 1965 classic every year, but we never seem to get the message.
MetroWest, 6 p.m.
With column mug
KARA MILLER: LIVING IN THE PLATINUM BUBBLE - The biologist Jared Diamond once warned that the rich cannot ensconce themselves forever "in gated communities, guarded by private security patrols ... filled with people who drink bottled water, depend on private pensions, and send their children to private schools." Eventually, he said, the downtrodden will demand a reckoning. "(G)ates," he said "will not keep the rioters out." But what if the gates are invisible?
MetroWest, on wire now
With Granlund illustration
A PRO SPORTS BUDGET will be e-mailed this afternoon
NATIONAL PROGRAM PROMOTES MOTHERHOOD AS A SACRED CALLING - Ask any mother and she’ll tell you that being a mom is tough. But amid the diaper changes, soccer games, sniffly noses and book reports, God is there, as a program at St. Mary of the Hills parish in Milton is helping women discover. Called the Ministry of Mothers Sharing, or MOMS, the national program increases women’s awareness of motherhood as a vocation and a sacred calling.
Ledger, Fay, 30 inches, on wire now
HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHTER MEETS SHAKESPEARE IN PLAY - Who would have thought of juxtaposing world heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney and the world's greatest playwright William Shakespeare? This is exactly what first-time playwright David E. Lane does in his play "Tunney/Shakespeare in Six Rounds." At Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell.
MetroWest, Andrews, 25 inches, with photo
VISIONARY VIDEO RECASTS IMAGES INTO MORAL TALE - Astride a bobble-head camel, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie trot across the desert past the Sahara casino in Las Vegas and down the digital rabbit hole of Cliff Evans' fun and fantastic new video "Empyrean." At Gardner Museum, Boston.
MetroWest, Bergeron, 30 inches, on wire now
SCOTTISH ARTIST CREATES VIBRANT INSTALLATION ON MUSEUM WALL - Keep your hands off the Rodin statues. Don't you dare photograph Picasso's "Minotaur." Hey, finish your clam chowder, and call Mom and tell her to come see these crazy chairs with purses on them sticking out of the museum wall. If that's what visitors are saying about Jim Lambie's new installation at the Museum of Fine Arts, William Stover will be happy.
MetroWest, Bergeron, 30 inches, on wire now